Grief-and-Depression350-webDepression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job all had to deal with it. In the secular world, Sir Winston Churchill used to call depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.

President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety Lincoln would not allow himself to carry a knife, for fear that he would hurt himself, or worse. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. Sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.

Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.

Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition or your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.

God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, seek out and get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you  and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible

These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 –  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22  – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7  – Nevertheless God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Read how Lincoln Turned to the Bible to Manage His Depression and other articles: Scriptures Against HopelessnessScriptures Against WorryNew Testament Scriptures on Faith & BelievingDo God’s Promises Cover What You Want?

Comments

  1. Kim, I don’t really know what to say, I just know that it will get better. For now if you have to play the mothers game to see your grandchild, do it! In the process you may even build a closer kinship with her that will ease things in the future. Read and pray and know that God absolutely will not forsake you. Blessings.

  2. I found my 36 year-old son dead in bed – clogged arteries. He’s been gone a year now. He left behind an ex-girlfriend and their toddler son whom I was seeing twice a week under her supervision. When she gets mad at me, I’m not allowed to see my only grandchild. It’s now been 3 1/2 months. I’ve been taking anti-depressant medicine for several months now and at first it helped but not anymore.

  3. Rachel.

    I too made huge mistakes in relationships, wanted to die but couldn’t follow through, and believed maybe I was cursed to live a life like that. I believed I angered God too, and that he could never fully forgive me for what I’d done or allowed myself to scumb to. The truth is, Jesus died to give you full forgiveness. He suffered from the pain of death, humiliation and mocking, rejection of his precious father, and lowering himself to the place of man so that you can call God your Abba Father! (Rom. 8). at the cross, all of our sins that we have done or will do came upon Jesus. He suffered with that pain of sin and the feelings that come with them. He feels your pain, he knows your sin, he despises sin…but he loves you so passionately and incredibly that he submitted himself to that torture to save you. No matter what you have done or do, your Heavenly Father forgives you and wants you to forgive yourself too. See the beauty of Jesus! Jesus is your lover, your Savior…your joy. Just whisper his name; talk to your Heavenly Father about everything and thank him for hearing you. Remember…he will never leave you, even in the shadow of death. All Jesus and your Heavenly Father want you to do is to believe this.

    I believed in God all of my life and still made horrid mistakes and wanted to die because of them. I felt alone and abandoned. I started listening to sermons by this man: Josephprince . com. The message of pure grace saved my life. Listen to him or check out his resources. I was cynical at first, but my life changed completely since.

    Jesus died to take that sin from you. You believe in Jesus? Then do not dwell on your mistakes any more. It is finished. Your curse of the law that you deserved has been paid for by Jesus’s blood – you are now spotless and clean before God. He cannot remember those sins any more. He wants you to realize this and believe that you are righteous not by what you’ve done or what you can do good, but by what Jesus did FOR you. You can’t earn righteousness. You cannot save yourself from the curse. Jesus already did that. Just believe in Jesus. Yes it’s truly that simple. Your job is to believe. Even if your belief is as tiny as a mustard seed at first, that’s still belief. Rest in the Lord’s unending, uncomprehendingly, overwhelming love and joy for you and your life will transform. You believe in Jesus and what he’s done, rest in the fact that your sins are forgiven, fill yourself with God’s word, and your life will follow in the light. The presence of grace drives all darkness away. That is grace – that is the gospel.

    “There is now no condemnation – no adjudging guilty or wrong – for those who are in Christ Jesus…for the spirit you have now received is not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption in which we cry Abba! Father!…who shall separate us from Christ’s love? …for I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: clips from 1, 15, 35, 38. AMP

    Peace be with you sister. <3

  4. You WILL get through this transitional period of your life for sure . All things new all things possible . When it hurts remember the joy you deserve and liberation you will feel in time from this experience

  5. It made me sad to read what you wrote, Rachel. I’m praying that you get some peace. I feel depressed a lot too, which is why I passed through this site…I would encourage you to take the medication until things even out. Better that than the alternative. People care about you! Hang in there!

  6. To Rachel and Everyone – here is a recent prayer from my Pastor that really struck me, it is so true that the worst prison we can be in is the one we make for ourselves. “Come into our emptiness, gracious God. We feel empty because we have shut you out of our lives. Break through our pretensions, Holy One. We pretend to be powerful because we have not claimed the peace that is available deep within when You dwell with us. Quiet our grumbling and complaining. We are impatient because we have focused on things not on You. Enter our lives with the foregiveness You have promised to all who are truly sorry for their unfaithfulness. Release us from our self-created prisons. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”

  7. Gil, your depression is understandable but remember it is only temporary. Focus your thoughts on God, read the scriptures and comments here, and make staying strong for your daughter your chief objective. Thinking of others really does help us get out of our depths and makes us stronger to resist life’s arrows in the future. Blessings

  8. I’m am 50 yrs old and suffering from anxiety which turns into hopelessness at times . Going through divorce, 1st holiday season separated. My 10 yr old daughter is my only joy in my life right now. Started meds for depression but starting to think it was a bad idea…. being praying very day that the Lord Jesus Christ gives be the strength and clarity to get past this..

  9. Never forget that Satan is alive and well and depression is one of his weapons to allow entrance into our being. Seek strength in Christ.

  10. The love you desire to feel from others must first be felt within toward yourself and prayer can help you .you are special and a gift from above . Never forget that

    Depression tries to steal your joy . We won’t let it in Jesus name amen

  11. I’ve been depressed since I was a teen. I’m now 34 and still feel lost,empty and anxious. I’ve been out on medication which I’m reluctant to take in case I become dependant. I want to die,but just can’t bring myself to take my own life. I’ve had a series of abusive relationships in which I ended up making big mistakes I regret every second of each day. I sleep all day,can’t eat or bath unless I have to go to work. I am lonely too,and it’s not helping. I just need peace with my poor choices and relationships I hopped in and out of trying to fill the void. I’ve never been loved the way I hope to and wonder if I’ve soul ties or under curses?
    Prayers please.
    Thanks

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